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How to Create a Magma Hot Text Effect in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a magma hot text effect in Photoshop using layer styles and textures. Let's get started!

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What You'll Learn in This Photo Album Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to create a magma effect Layer Style
  • How to add a magma texture
  • How to add smoke and sparks textures

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1. How to Create Magma Effect Layer Style

Step 1

First of all, open the "Background Texture" with Photoshop, and then write your text using the Type Tool (T). For this tutorial I've used the font Helvetica LT Std, but you can apply these techniques using any other font or shape. To achieve the same result as mine, create the text using Helvetica LT Std. In the Character panel (Window > Character), change the Size to 425 pt and the Kerning to -25.

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Step 2

Double-click on the thumbnail of the "Lava" layer to open the Layer Style panel. Apply these effects:

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inner shadow layer style settinginner shadow layer style settinginner shadow layer style setting
outer glow settingsouter glow settingsouter glow settings
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bevel and emboss layer style settingsbevel and emboss layer style settingsbevel and emboss layer style settings
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Step 3

Duplicate this layer with Command-J, Right-Click on the layer's thumbnail, and choose Clear Layer Style. This way, the text below matches exactly the one above, and now we can add more effects. Use the settings listed below:

changing the fill setting of the layerchanging the fill setting of the layerchanging the fill setting of the layer
adding inner shadow layer styleadding inner shadow layer styleadding inner shadow layer style
adding inner glow layer styleadding inner glow layer styleadding inner glow layer style
adding bevel and emboss layer style settingsadding bevel and emboss layer style settingsadding bevel and emboss layer style settings
adding pattern overlayadding pattern overlayadding pattern overlay

2. How to Add a Magma Texture

Step 1

Place the "Magma Texture" into the document, behind the text, and modify it using the following Gradient Map. It is an Adjustment Layer that you can find under Window > Adjustments. Right-Click on the layer and then select Create a Clipping Mask.

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Step 2

Be sure the texture is just above the background in the Layers panel, and then change the Blending Mode of the Layer to Linear Dodge (Add) and its Opacity to 36%. This will intensify the colors and the details of the background. Erase the edges using a big soft Brush (B) with hardness 0%, to have the brighter area just below the text. 

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Step 3

Select the two "LAVA" text layers, Right-Click, and choose Convert into Smart Object. Create a new "Shadows" layer below the text layer and use the Brush Tool (B) to add some shadows below the text. Use a black brush with hardness 0% and size around 280 px.

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Step 4

Now add some orange bright spots using the Brush Tool (B) again. Apply a Gaussian blur, and change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add) and its Opacity to around 45%.

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Step 5

Select the Smart Object, Duplicate it, call it "Smudged Layer", and finally Rasterize it (Right Click > Rasterize). We're going to blur the edges of the text, where it's hot and burning. We'll use the Smudge Tool (R), 30% Strength, with a circular brush with Hardness 0%. Smudge the edges as if they’re melting/blurred.

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Step 6

Add some contrast with a "Curves" Adjustment Layer.

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Step 7

Create a New Layer and with a Black Brush (B), Hardness 0%, draw some shadows over the text. Finally, reduce the Opacity of this Layer down to 40%.

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Step 8

Add some orange lights, the same way we previously created some shadows. This time, set the blending options to Color Dodge, and we'll use a bright orange color. Use the Gaussian Blur under Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to get these soft initial tones. Change the Opacity to about 50%.

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Step 9

Add some highlights on top, paint with a Soft White Brush, and then set their Blending Options to Overlay.

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3. How to Add Smoke and Sparks Textures

Step 1

Now Place the Smoke texture, removing the color by going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate (Shift-Command/Ctrl-U). Adapt it to the text by removing unnecessary parts using the Eraser Tool and deforming with the Warp Tool (Command-T). It's very important to set the Blending Mode to Screen for every smoke image, to hide the black parts. Also use Levels (Command-L) to increase or decrease the contrast and use the Smudge Tool for final touches.

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Step 2

Place the photo of sparkles into the document. Switch the Blending Mode of the Sparkles Layer to Color Dodge, and then use a Layer Mask to delete some areas, especially the ones outside the letters, because we don't need as many.

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Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

Today you've learned how to create a magma hot text effect in Photoshop using layer style effects and textures. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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